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What Are the Most Common Pneumonia Shot Reactions?

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  • Written By: N. Madison
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  • Last Modified Date: 25 March 2014
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The most common pneumonia shot reactions are those that occur at the injection site. Some people, for example, experience minor swelling at the site of the injection; redness and minor soreness may develop as well. A low-grade fever and fatigue are also common pneumonia shot reactions, and some people even experience appetite loss after having a pneumonia shot. Serious reactions to pneumonia shots are far less likely to develop, but can include high fever and extreme pain in the muscles of the arm. Likewise, allergic reactions to pneumonia vaccines are not common but can cause such symptoms as swelling of the throat, tongue or face; rapid heart beat; or difficulty breathing.

Most people do not develop serious adverse reactions to pneumonia vaccines. When a person does have a reaction, it is likely to be minor and temporary. For example, some of the most common pneumonia shot reactions include minor swelling or redness in the injection area. Some people may feel a little sore in the area as well. Additionally, some people may experience minor fatigue or loss of appetite after receiving the vaccine.

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While fatigue, swelling, fever, and soreness are among the most common minor pneumonia shot reactions, they should not be ignored entirely. A person who experiences these reactions may do well to monitor them to make sure they do not become dramatically worse. If a person has severe pain at the injection site or in his muscles, this may be a sign of a serious reaction. Likewise, a high fever, extreme level of swelling, or severe fatigue may be a sign of a serious adverse reaction as well. When severe reactions develop, a person may do well to consult a doctor right away.

Though not likely, it is possible for a person to develop an allergic reaction to a pneumonia vaccine. In such a case, he may have severe swelling, difficulty breathing, and a more rapid heart rate than usual. He may also experience swelling of the tongue, throat or face. Unfortunately, allergic reactions to vaccines can be dangerous, and a person who suffers one may do well to seek immediate medical attention.

Often, people feel concerned about taking the pneumonia shot because they believe the vaccine may cause them to develop pneumonia. Fortunately, this is not the case. Pneumonia vaccines typically only use components of the bacteria that are not capable of causing infection.

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